Improving the way to do Retrospectives in Agile methodology?

During the retrospective team reviews what went well (keep) and
what went poorly (improvement).
When mentioning improvement it means that for each “issue” team has
to write action items (voting for them) and the best action items
will be recorded to be examined in the next retrospective.

Retrospective meeting
Retrospective meeting

Indeed, I used to show the performance of the sprint before starting the
retrospective. Nowadays, I added a previous step at the first instances of retrospective,
which is how was the performance of the team about the methodology.
Later I only conduct retrospectives driven the attention to the issues but without
changing the way to do them until I heard about Retr-o-mat (thanks to Ariel Ber)
Retrospectives are my favourite agile meeting and because of that I’m always searching
for new ideas.

About Retr-O-Mat

Retr-o-mat split in five stages the retrospective:

  • Set the stage

Set the goal; Give people time to “arrive” and get into the right mood

  • Gather data

Help everyone remember; Create a shared pool of information (everybody sees the world differently)

  • Generate insight

Why did things happen the way they did?; Identify patterns; See the big picture

  • Decide what to do

Pick a few issues to work on and create concrete action plans of how you’ll address them

  • Close the retrospective

Clarify follow-up; Appreciations; Clear end; How could the retrospectives improve?

The author of Retr-O-Mat is Corinna Baldauf  and if you want to follow her twitter is @findingmarbles

Head to the website of Retr-O-Mat and enjoy it!!!

Last but not least, “if you want to learn more about agile retrospectives, subscribe to this program”


Mario Lucero

Mario Lucero

I am all about helping companies to adopt agile as methodology in Chile. Why? I believe many organizations think that agile is not for Chilean companies because of Chilean culture is totally different from i.e. USA culture but I worked with Chilean professionals who after using agile realized it is feasible to implement it. Agile works in small and large projects and there are many evidences which demonstrate this.


    1. Hi Christophe

      The difference is Retr-O-Mat shows different combinations of each stage (I have one version on paper with some examples) so you can create yours Retrospectives.

      Thanks for your observation.


      P.S. If you send me an Linkedin’s invitation I would be glad to accept you.

    2. If you look at the “About Retro-Mat” page you will se that this is an intentional copy 😉

      1. Philipp

        Did you read the article very carefully? Because I mentioned very clearly

        About Retr-O-Mat

        Retr-o-mat split in five stages the retrospective:

        Set the stage

        So ?

        I have never said that it was my idea. In fact, I bought a real copy to Corinna Baldauff.



  1. Hi Mario

    The five step framework is really great! But I personably think that preparing (and executing) the retro is at least as important. Finding the retro goal etc. Also how to be a meeting facilitator (running meetings). This takes more than just following the steps.

    For that reason I created a course (and a book) about it. You can find it here:

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